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    The DeWitt County river bridge at U.S. Highway 183/87 at Tulley Road has been a hotbed for illegal dumping over the past couple of decades. Contributed photos.
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    The DeWitt County river bridge at U.S. Highway 183/87 at Tulley Road has been a hotbed for illegal dumping over the past couple of decades. Contributed photos.

Illegal dumping

Homeowners fed up with illegal dumping on county roads

By Robert Proctor

The Cuero Record

Conducting their wrongful activity often in the dead of night, illegal dumping scours DeWitt County. There are surely many hot beds for this problem, but Tulley Road, just outside of Cuero, has been a rampant field of operations for at least the past 20 years.

“It’s at the point now that it’s terrible,” Gabe Jalufka said, a concerned homeowner who lives nearby. The DeWitt County Sheriff’s Office is readily monitoring this ever-increasing problem, but with most activity taking place in the dark of night, it has been difficult finding any culprits.

One suggestion is to actively monitor the area through ongoing surveillance coverage, since law enforcement cannot always be out there. Recently, Jalufka saw someone dumping a dead dog’s carcass out there.

“It’s a mess,” he said. “We always call it trashy Tulley Road. It’s been going on a long time, a lot longer than it needs to be.” Jalufka has been in contact with the county sheriff, judge and their precinct’s commissioner.

He knows they all have difficult jobs but wishes more could be done. 

“They [county commissioner work crews] come once a year,” Jalufka noted. “It’s kind of neglected. I wished they’d get it cleaned up.”

Being that this area falls in precinct 3 of the county, this commissioner crew works out of Yorktown, making it difficult to often get to Cuero.

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